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Shopping Sunday – Things I ordered today

Over the last week a lot of stuff I ordered recently and returned has gotten credited, so my spending money bucket was refilled.  I used the opportunity to do a little shopping.

aubriella-frontI am hopeful that this dress (Aubriella from Igigi) will look every bit as amazing on me as it does on her, but you never know with these things.  It’s an expensive dress, so if it doesn’t work it will go back.  However I thought it was too pretty to NOT order.

(I always worry about this shape.  Right under my bust is my smallest part, but it’s not wide, so the wide waist on this could require shapewear to lay correctly.  I hate that.  We’ll see though…)

My biggest worry, though, is that they had 18/20 or 26/28.  No 22/24, which is my normal size.  I ordered the 18/20 on the theory that it is my hips that usually require me to go up and that shouldn’t be an issue with a full skirt.


I ordered the cardigan off BeyondTheRack in both black and white.  They look lightweight and easy to wear  for the summer (although the white one is long sleeved).  We’ll see.  At $17.99 each, it’s kind of hard to go wrong.

bestieskit_3pc_1I placed an order to Julep that included 4 new nail polishes.  Three are in the HelloGiggles Tickled Pink Ombre Besties kit, although I won’t use them in that way.  I was just looking at my polishes last night and realized that I didn’t have what most would consider to be pretty basic colors.  Along with that I will be getting a coral/orange color called Georgia for free using the discount code SPRINGCOLOR; you add the color to your basket then enter the code at checkout.  4 colors for $28 = $7/color, which is a very reasonable price.

My big focus right now is on shoes; my closet purge last weekend involved a lot of shoes, and I need to replace them.  I’m OK on basics, but don’t always have the fun, colorful ones I might want for certain outfits.

CSH-W-UW00699-050411I also ordered two pairs of shoes from Cushe.  The first was a pair of wedge heels with arch support that looked kind of fun and sporty.  Called Entwine, they come in several color combinations and are currently on sale for $59.99.  This is actually their Black pair, but I love the colorful accents.

CSH-W-UW00857-092811The second is a pair of closed toe flats that looked cute and had the arch support I need.  We’ll see if they are as comfortable as I think.  They are called Koa Suade and are on sale for $55.99.  When I work at the shelter I HAVE to wear closed toed shoes, but no one says they have to be trainers.  This is far cuter!

images (1)I also ordered a pair of Trotters Kristin sandals in Pink off Zulily.  Zulily is another flash sale site, but focused on Moms and Kids.  I’ve been particularly impressed that they always have at least one plus sized gallery, often get neat stuff (like overstock from SWAK), and carry a lot of what I would call “comfort” brand shoes.  (These are brands that focus on cushioning and arch support, which is what I need these days.  I discovered Cape Clogs through Zulily, and they have the navy polka dot shoes I’ve shown here before for sale today.)  They also focus on more reasonably priced lines; no $1000 purses.  I think I order more off Zulily these days than any of the other flash sites.

So that was my weekend.  No guarantee that some or all of them won’t go back, but those that don’t are certain to show up on here soon enough.

Shoes, Shoes, Shoes

The title should be sung to the tune of Girls, Girls, Girls by Motley Crue.  I just need to come up with the rest of the words 🙂

As you might recall, I’ve been having some problems with mild plantars fasciitus.  Because of that I am trying to move over to primarily “sensible shoes”.  Thank goodness they are making cuter sensible shoes these days.

I am also crazy thankful for Podiatry Shoe Review, a blog written by one of the top Podiatrists in Phoenix.  She has a great post that went up today on the Top 20 Women’s Comfort Dress Shoes.  She talks about the features of different brands and styles, but more importantly does a terrific job of explaining what types of foot pain each shoe can or can’t hurt.  I definitely recommend taking a look.

OOTD: New Shoes (again)

I am not as much of a shoe hound as some girls, but probably more than I should be.  These made me smile when I saw them, so I built another outfit around them.  These are Sperry Topsiders that I got at E&J Designer Shoe Outlet in an Olive Nubuck and CAMO design!  CAMO! These make me irrationally happy.  Better yet, they fit well, are comfortable, have some arch support, and have a couple of designs in leopard prints that I will be investigating!

The rest of the outfit is a repeat, I think:

Just for the record, I was into Owl’s before they got all trendy lately.  This one particularly appeals to me for two reasons.  First, he looks cranky about something; I prefer my owls to look angry.  Second, he has burgundy eyes with olive green around them in a navy face; the colors are just perfect for my look and are totally my favorites right now.  Olive and wine/purple are the ones I am loving the most right now and will be packing the most OF for the trip!

Speaking of which, I am traveling tomorrow (wednesday) through friday for a work conference.  I will TRY to take pictures in the hotel mirror and post them, but they will probably be of even WORSE quality than I usually take.  You’ve been warned 🙂


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Shopping: A mixed bag

I love to shop.  I make a very good living and still probably spend too much on shopping.  However it can be really hit or miss sometimes, and the “fat tax” (read: shipping in both directions) can be problematic.  Thus todays mixed bag.

Coldwater Creek Chevron Tee: I saw this in the store and went gaga over the colors.  However this went back today for two reasons:

  1. The shape was all wrong for me.  The neck was too high and the the dolman sleeves just didn’t look right.
  2. The fabric was…odd.  This thing is 100% polyester and fails all my softness tests.  Heck, it holds a pleat.  While I have no doubt that it will hold it’s color well over time, I prefer my tees to be snuggly.


My husband also informed me that I should stay away from that type of Chevron pattern.  He claims it just doesn’t look good on me, but I suspect he was having 70’s afgan flashbacks.  I know I do every time I see similar sweaters in earthtones.  In the meantime, I drove this over to the nearest Coldwater Creek and returned it.  (And complained AGAIN about them no longer carrying 3X in the store so I could have TRIED IT ON.)


Asos Heavy Jersey Top with Peplum:  I knew I needed to at least TRY the peplum trend, so last week I ordered two from Asos.  This was the better of the two.  It fit fine, but the line at the point where the peplum begins cuts across me at exactly the WRONG point to be flattering.  It hits smack on the spare tire and draws far too much attention to it.  Looking at myself from the front it was OK, but when I turned even a little it became massively obvious and unflattering.  The high neckline wasn’t doing me any favors either.


Asos Peplum Top in Soft Jersey with Sleeves:  This one is a ligher weight fabric (although I think I liked the heavier better) and has a far better neckline for me, but the sleeves were incredibly tight.  And not just at my flabby upper arms either; all the way down to the wrist.


In both cases I could have worn them with shapewear and looked good, but I refuse.  I intensely dislike wearing shapewear unless absolutely necessary, and neither of these were cute enough to be worth the trouble.


More importantly I learned a valuable lesson about shapes and my body’s shape.  Stick to empire waists.  These are both going back in Monday’s mail.


This fact, unfortunately, reminds me of the fat tax; ie shipping in both directions.  My husband and I were talking about budgets, and he pointed out that I had spent kind of a lot on clothing in the last couple weeks.  The thing is that I KNEW half or more would be going back.  So in addition to costing more for shipping in both directions, it also ties up money in the meantime.  Makes me cranky.  Anyway….


Now for the GOOD side of the mixed bag.  I had brunch with some of the girls and was magnetically drawn into TJ Maxx on the way home.  There I found two pairs, in my size, of Josef Seibel Marissa mary-jane style shoes.  One pair is camel that will look amazing with jeans and my camel and black purse, while the other is a deep hunter green that I will figure out what to wear with on Monday.  The color was just too lovely to leave behind, and anyone who loves places like TJ Maxx knows that they sell out QUICKLY of anything really good.


This particular style is around the internet on clearance, and in these colors, for around $100/pair.  I got each pair for $40.  $87 with tax for both pairs!  I cannot TELL you how excited I was about this!  Of course if I were REALLY blessed they would have had them in black.  But they fit PERFECTLY, looked adorable and are crazy comfortable.
Tell me about your latest and greatest shopping trips?



OOTF: Boot Weather in AZ!!!

Have I mentioned that I love boots?  Maybe once or twice?  Well, today I am HAPPY, not just because it’s friday but also because (with a projected high of < 80) IT’S BOOT WEATHER IN ARIZONA! So I changed my outfit at the last minute so that I could wear my glorious new boots!

(Yes, I’m smirking, because when I looked at the image on my screen of what the picture would look like, I thought I looked like a pirate.  Then the camera went off.)

The outfit itself is comfortable, good for a friday, and the jeans are a little loose (so maybe all that cycling is starting to pay off!)

The boots are something I’ve wanted for, quite literally, more than a year.  They initially showed up last year for the fall collection at a price off $249.00.  At the time I wasn’t so concerned about my plantar’s fasciitis, so the cost wasn’t worth it.  However about a month ago I found them for $169 at Planet Shoes and jumped all over them.  HAD to have them.  Between being good for my feet AND incredibly cute, I was sold.  Lace up front, moderate heel, properly formed footbed with tons of arch support, and buttery leather made them worth every penny.  Interestingly, the zipper goes up the BACK of the boot, but so far that hasn’t caused any problems.  This is my first pair with that placement, however, so we’ll see.

The bag from Modcloth was ordered late last week and is terrific.  The quality seems good so far, the combination of “neutrals” means it goes with EVERYTHING, and the structured style is spot on.  If I have any single complaint, it is that there are TWO magnet closures instead of one.  Most bags have a single centered closure; this one has one under each of the “straps”.  This can make it difficult to know that the bag is securely closed.  However since the sides are rigid, this isn’t a bag you can easily overstuff so that the magnets hit wrong.  I classify that as more of an irritant than a real problem.

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